For federal employees returning to work after a 16-day government shutdown, relief is being tempered by worry that it might happen all over again after the holidays. Congress has approved funding only through Jan. 15, and gives the government the authority to borrow what it needs only through Feb. 7. In the meantime, lawmakers will try to agree on how to replace this year's across-the-board spending cuts with more orderly deficit reduction. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can access all public areas and trails immediately. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.
Northwest lawmakers are urging federal officials to quickly allow Bering Sea fishermen to start fishing for Alaskan king crab. The crab season was scheduled to start on October 15th, but due to the government shutdown, the federal employees at the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) have been unable to issue permits for the fleet, thereby delaying the start of the season.
The Clatsop County Historical Society, with sponsorship from Astoria Granite Works, is excited to once again present "Talking Tombstones". This year's sequel, "Talking Tombstones X, Don't Take Them for Granite" will be held on Sunday, October 27th from 1:00 pm until dusk at the Ocean View Cemetery.
The results of some just released landslide research should come as no surprise to residents of the city of Astoria. The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has released shallow and deep landslide susceptibility maps that will aid planners for the City of Astoria indicating many high risk areas.
Astoria Police are looking for any information about the theft of 5 coin boxes from the washing machines at 200 Nehalem, Astoria. It is estimated that there were between $400-600 in quarters in the machines.
Here's the latest on the Astoria 11th street CSO project and traffic impacts the remainder of this week:
Paving on 8th St between Commercial and Kensington is currently underway and is expected to continue through Friday. Street striping within the project limits will begin tomorrow and continue at least through Friday. Tapani plans to keep 8th St closed to through traffic until striping is completed. Street striping on 9th St through 12th St will require parking lane closures and single lane traffic closure during the striping operation.
The City appreciates your continued patience during this project and especially during the disruption over the next couple of days. Fortunately, paving and street striping is a final construction activity, so these areas of the project will be nearly complete after this week.
The project website can be accessed via this link: http://projects.astoria.or.us/
Retail gas prices are moving lower or holding steady in most markets according to the weekly AAA auto club survey and the federal shutdown may be an influence.
Robert "Jake" Jacob calls it his "hair-brained scheme".
Jacob, owner of Astoria's waterfront Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa thinks the old Astoria Armory building can be put to immediate use as a valuable venue for events of all kinds. He and six others have formed a group determined to execute this vision for the 1940's building and he invites others interested in the idea to get involved.
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